Trade talks could give back door entry for GMO crops
Monsanto: not enough demand in Europe, but back door via free trace agreement still possible
The news that Monsanto will not be applying for the approval of new GM seeds in Europe because of low demand and public opposition sounds encouraging. (see article: http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14875). However, Monsanto still has 11 current applications for GMOs including the maize MON810, which is due for re-registration, plus 46 applications for GMOs for import as food and animal feed. For any future applications, there is an easier route to get GMOs into Europe: Monsanto will be participating in free trade negotiations with the European Commission on 18 June. The talks will address the lifting of trade barriers and the mutual recognition of standards. So the US will insist on by-passing EU labelling laws for GM products. They will also insist on automatic approval of GM crops. This will ensure GM companies rapid market access in Europe. We need to keep up the pressure on our MEPs to tell the Commission to keep GMOs firmly off the table in these talks.